05Mar 5 March, 2017. 1st Sunday of Lent

During Lent we may reflect on our Baptism as a sharing in the life of Jesus. Our growing in the image of God has an aspect of dying to self and another aspect of rising to God’s new life of …

26Feb 26 Feb, 2017. 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Isaiah 49:14-16

God loves us just as a woman loves the child of her womb

Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion …

19Feb 19 Feb, 2017. 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Theme: We naturally resent those who do us wrong. But hatred, if nurtured, can come between us and God, whose ideal of perfection is mercy.

1st Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18

God calls us to love our neighbour as ourselves

The …

12Feb 12 Feb, 2017. 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Theme: Using our freedom well.

It is not so much individual acts that can separate us from God, but our disorientated hearts, drawn to self-assertion and selfishness. Jesus insists that our conscience must go deeper than external deeds. The vital …

05Feb 05 Feb, 2017. 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr

Salt and Light

Tyranny and oppression still flourish in many places abroad; and in less spectacular fashion closer to home. Unfairness and structural abuse often stare us in the face, such as long-term poverty, unemployment …

29Jan 29 Jan., 2017. 4th Sunday, Year A

Theme: The beatitudes are the basic Christian ideals for living, not a set of rules to avoid God’s punishment. They aim to raise our vision above the limits of self-interest and gain.

1st Reading: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13

I will leave

22Jan 22 January, 2017. 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr

1st Reading: Isaiah 9:1-3

Isaiah foretells a Saviour for the people who walked in darkness

In the former time God brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the …

15Jan 15 January. 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Ita, Virgin

1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6

God is preparing his people Israel to become a light for all nations

The Lord said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

And now the …

08Jan 08 January, 2017. The Baptism of the Lord

1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

A courageous servant of God will help others to keep the Covenant

Thus says the Lord:
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit …

01Jan 01 January. Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

A very Happy New Year, 2017!

1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27

A new-year prayer for God to bless and protect his people

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: …

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